D&D 5E Radiant Citadel Free Preview On D&D Beyond

If you have a D&D Beyond account you can access a free promotional supplement for Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel. It contains noteworthy sites, information on life in the citadel, and details about some of its groups and defenses.

The Radiant Citadel is a city that serves as a bastion of hope for the weary and the displaced. Adventurers journey here to rest between quests and to learn from peoples that have moved here from across the multiverse. Now you can bring the Radiant Citadel to your table by unlocking the first chapter of Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel at no cost!

This claim unlocks the contents of this promotional supplement for use with D&D Beyond, including the supplement in digital format in the game compendium and in the searchable listings, character builder, encounters, and digital sheet.

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Interesting! I preordered this book ages ago, but when I click on the book link in the Sources dropdown, it still just takes me to the preorder page.
I preordered it too, but I think I understand the distinction now. The dropdown menu only has "Journeys through the Radiant Citadel" listed, which goes to the preorder page because it's meant to link to the full book.

But if you click the "View All" button, that page has a "The Radiant Citadel" listing under "Adventures" that links to the preview chapter in question.

So it's an issue with the Dropdown menu - doesn't seem to list "The Vecna Dossier" there either...

EDIT: And I see you and J.Quondam already worked that much out... Need to remember to read the whole post before responding. :p
 
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It may be that minor free stuff like this are only going to show up on this expanded page, and not on the main menu, just to keep the latter from being more cluttered than it already is. Granted, there's other past free stuff already on the main page. One way or the other, they need to choose where free stuff is going to go!
 

I preordered it too, but I think I understand the distinction now. The dropdown menu only has "Journeys through the Radiant Citadel" listed, which goes to the preorder page because it's meant to link to the full book.

But if you click the "View All" button, that page has a "The Radiant Citadel" listing under "Adventures" that links to the preview chapter in question.

So it's an issue with the Dropdown menu - doesn't seem to list "The Vecna Dossier" there either...

EDIT: And I see you and J.Quondam already worked that much out... Need to remember to read the whole post before responding. :p
Vecna is the same. The issue is with the top-level menu on D&D Beyond. It's getting very cluttered anyway, it needs a revamp.
 

Tutara

Adventurer
I am getting a strong Mass Effect vibe off this. Mysterious fortress city crafted by absent elders and inhabited by a melting pot of different cultures, with something horrible lurking just beyond the horizon. You assume the society is as benevolent as it appears, but maybe there’s something else going on? A lot more interesting than I had previously thought!

“I am Shieldbearer Shepherd, and this is my favourite store on the (Radiant) Citadel.”
 

I am getting a strong Mass Effect vibe off this. Mysterious fortress city crafted by absent elders and inhabited by a melting pot of different cultures, with something horrible lurking just beyond the horizon. You assume the society is as benevolent as it appears, but maybe there’s something else going on? A lot more interesting than I had previously thought!
I think it's indirect. The writing style is very reminiscent of Babylon 5, and Mass Effect also "borrowed" from that source.
 

Tutara

Adventurer
I think it's indirect. The writing style is very reminiscent of Babylon 5, and Mass Effect also "borrowed" from that source.
Yes, I suspect it is mining that same vein of fiction rather than actively copying or inspired by it. It doesn’t feel quite as political or ‘grubby’ as Babylon 5, in my mind, but it certainly could be taken in that direction.
 

Yes, I suspect it is mining that same vein of fiction rather than actively copying or inspired by it. It doesn’t feel quite as political as Babylon 5, in my mind, but it certainly could be taken in that direction.
More in the Mythic aspects, rather than the political. The Radiant Citadel is already independent, so is doesn't need to break away from a totalitarian government. But if you compare the writing to the opening narrations (and descriptions of "why we need to steel Babylon 4" ) It sounds like the Radiant Citadel author is channelling JMS. E.g. "scintillating beacon" "shining beacon".
 
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Is the First World a Feywild-type place here, or is that strictly Pathfinder lore? Sorry, I haven’t been keeping up with Radiant Citadel previews, and I’m just curious
My understanding is that the "First World" in current D&D lore is/was the "original" Material Plane world and all/most other Material Plane worlds (Toril, Oerth, Eberron, etc.) are pale reflections of that original, which kind of parallels the general conceit of Pathfinder's First World without leaning as heavily into the fey angle.

Also very FFXIV, on a number of levels...
 
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My understanding is that the "First World" in current D&D lore is/was the "original" Material Plane world and all/most other Material Plane worlds (Toril, Oerth, Eberron, etc.) are pale reflections of that original, which kind of parallels the general conceit of Pathfinder's First World without leaning as heavily into the fey angle.

Also very FFXIV, on a number of levels...
Cheers, thanks for this.

Also, can you point me to a D&D primary source on this? Or is it just the upcoming Radiant Citadel book? I wish to learn more.
 




Levistus's_Leviathan

5e Freelancer
Cheers, thanks for this.

Also, can you point me to a D&D primary source on this? Or is it just the upcoming Radiant Citadel book? I wish to learn more.
I have a thread that covers most of what we currently know about the First World. You can check it out if you want a summary of what's been said in 5e about it so far, and what unanswered questions we have about it. Its only mentions in the books so far are in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, and the upcoming Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel.
 

Thanks gang!

I’m looking back to when we first learned the words “Far Realm” in the 3E days, and now it’s become a dominant part certain aspects of D&D lore. I wonder if “The First World” will become the same
 


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